Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cover Up

I have tender new strawberry plants, and they have not had the opportunity to go properly dormant. They have been out only a short time, in fairly warm weather. To help protect them from the forecast 21 degree temperatures tonight, I have surrounded them with some loose straw. Lets hope this is enough! If I had more, I would have covered them more deeply. It is the crown at the soil surface I want to protect; all is not lost if a leaf or two freeze. I don't have anything on hand to protect my citrus fruits, but they already have been exposed to temperatures this low during the last few weeks, so hopefully they won't be more damaged. All I have left to do is keep my toes warm by the fire tonight.